May 23, 2006

Summer Game Faces

NAME: David, Melissa and Madison AllenAGE: 47, 29, and 2SPORT: Cycling (All are members of the Southern Indiana Wheelmen*)OCCUPATION: David, owner of a cabinet business; Melissa, senior actuarial analyst/underwriter.MOST IMPORTANT MUSCLE (to do what you do and why): The heart muscle. It helps with the hills.SHINING MOMENT: David and I completed the Ride Across Indiana (RAIN) in 2005 together. (RAIN is an annual 160-mile ride on the Historic National Route 40 sponsored by the Bloomington Bicycle Club. For more information, visit INJURY: No serious injuries as of yet.PERSONAL SPORT THEME SONG: “Soak up the Sun” by Sheryl Crow.FAVORITE SUMMER EVENT: The Old Kentucky Home Bicycle Tour, a two-day ride from Louisville to Bardstown and back. (This year’s tour is on Sept. 9-10. For details, go to AREA SUMMER SPOT: Riding in the Sellersburg, Ind., area, with its nice country roads.NAME: Nathan BroomAGE: 27SPORT: Ultimate (member of Louisville Ultimate Frisbee Association*)OCCUPATION: Program Director for Supplies Over Seas, a nonprofit Louisville collector and distributor of medical relief items.MOST IMPORTANT MUSCLE (to do what you do and why): Left calf, apparently: it’s always sore.SHINING MOMENT: Blocking a good throw — it’s awkward to admit, but stealing someone else’s great play is consistently better than creating my own.WORST INJURY: 4-foot continuous abrasion — while missing the catch.PERSONAL SPORT THEME SONG: “Tougher Than the Rest” by Bruce SpringsteenFAVORITE SUMMER EVENT: Swill in the Ville, this town’s own regional Ultimate tournament. (We’ll defend our championship on July 22-23.)FAVORITE AREA SUMMER SPOT: The hills west of New Albany on a bicycle.NAME: Jennifer LaPointeAGE: 39SPORT: Rowing (member of the Louisville Rowing Club*)OCCUPATION: PhotographerMOST IMPORTANT MUSCLE (to do what you do and why): Quadriceps for a strong drive.SHINING MOMENT: Qualifying for the finals with my rowing partner, Nancy Grantz, in Women’s Double Sculls at U.S. Masters Nationals.WORST INJURY: Minor bruises from slipping on a wet dock!PERSONAL SPORT THEME SONG: “Take Me to the River” by Al GreenFAVORITE SUMMER EVENT: Friday Night Fun Rows at the downtown boathouse, when rowers of all skill levels get together to row and have fun.FAVORITE AREA SUMMER SPOT: Rowing on the Ohio River early in the morning, when the air is still cool and the water is calm.NAME: Rebecca A. MillerAGE: 43SPORT: In-line skating (founder and member of Louisville Masterbladers In-Line Skating*)OCCUPATION: Marketing consultant/business ownerMOST IMPORTANT MUSCLE (to do what you do and why): Quadriceps — in-line skating requires using the largest leg muscle group for climbing hills and pushing off.SHINING MOMENT: Taking a sliver medal in my age group (the old farts) in the international race, Athens (Ga.) to Atlanta, in 2004. (I’m going for gold in ’06.)WORST INJURY: ACL tear while attempting to be “cool” on black moguls in Beaver Creek, Colo. PERSONAL SPORT THEME SONG: “Kentucky Woman” by Neil DiamondFAVORITE AREA SUMMER SPOT: The Millennium Trail in Bernheim ForestNAME: Gene McDanielAGE: 30SPORT: Mountain Biking (member of the Kentucky Mountain Bike Association*)OCCUPATION: Facility manager with Lightyear Network Solutions LLCMOST IMPORTANT MUSCLE (to do what you do and why): zygomaticus (the smile muscle)SHINING MOMENT: 2006 Bakers Dozen (13-hour endurance race): 1st place WORST INJURY: Breaking an ankle as a teenager (crutches, yuck!)PERSONAL SPORT THEME SONG: Anything with a fast beat.FAVORITE SUMMER EVENT: Riding bikes with friends at epic locations all around the region.FAVORITE AREA SUMMER SPOT: Sitting on my bike and going wherever it takes me, usually cruising around a park in Louisville with friends and soaking up the beautiful sunshine.